|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 12th district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Jerry Costello|
|37th Adjutant General of Illinois|
September 1, 2007 – June 7, 2012
|Preceded by||Randal Thomas|
|Succeeded by||Dennis Celletti|
September 22, 1949 |
Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (B.A., J.D.)
U.S. Army War College (M.A.)
|Religion||United Church of Christ|
|Website||Representative William Enyart|
|Years of service||1969–2012|
William 'Bill' L. Enyart, Jr. (born September 22, 1949) is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 12th congressional district. Enyart is a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected on November 6, 2012 and assumed office on January 3, 2013. Enyart is a former attorney and Adjutant General of Illinois.
Early life, education, and military service
Enyart served in the U.S. Air Force before joining the Illinois Army National Guard in 1982 as a JAG officer. Holding the rank of Major General, he was appointed to lead the National Guard and the Illinois Department of Military Affairs as the 37th adjutant general in 2007, and was reappointed in 2009 and in 2011. As Adjutant General, Enyart led the largest deployment of the Illinois National Guard since WWII and Illinois's response to the 2011 Mississippi River floods. He retired from the Military in 2012.
Enyart earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science in 1974 from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1979. In 2000 Enyart graduated from the United States Army War College with a Master of Science in Strategic Studies.
Honors and Awards
On May 20, 2012 the President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, presented Enyart with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, an honor that is bestowed upon foreigners for distinguished contributions to international cooperation with the nation of Poland. On May 18, 2013 Enyart was awarded an honorary doctorate from Lindenwood University in Belleville, IL.
United States House of Representatives
On June 23, 2012, Enyart was selected as the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois's 12th congressional district after the original nominee, Brad Harriman, withdrew from the race for health reasons.
Enyart supports the DREAM Act and permitting illegal immigrants the opportunity to serve in the military to obtain citizenship. Enyart is against repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He stated, "Does the Bill have its flaws? Yes, and I will work to fix them when I get to Congress."
Within the first month of his tenure in office, Enyart co-sponsored two pieces of legislation, H.R.11 : Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and H.R.310 : No Budget, No Pay Act.
On April 20, 2013, Enyart introduced H.R. 1739, the Veterans Backlog Reduction Act, which would provide provisional benefits to veterans who have requested benefits from the VA and been left waiting for more than 125 days.
On March 20, 2013, Enyart co-sponsored the Preserving American Privacy Act (H.R. 637) which would have required federal agencies using drones domestically to minimize the collection of personally identifiable information. The bill did not make it out of committee.
On April 18, 2013, Enyart became a co-sponsor of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which would have allowed for the sharing of Internet traffic information between the U.S. government and technology and manufacturing companies for cybersecurity purposes. CISPA passed in the House but was not passed by the U.S. Senate. President Obama's advisers argued that the bill lacked confidentiality and civil liberties safeguards.
On June 13, 2013, Enyart voted in favor of proposed amendments by Adam Smith (D-WA) that would have eliminated indefinite detention for any individual held in the US and provided a framework to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by December 1, 2014.
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Armed Services
- U.S. House Of Representatives Members’ Religion
- "US Congressional Candidate - General William Enyart - Biography". Monroe County Democrats. Retrieved 17 Sep 2013.
- Enyart Reappointed As Illinois National Guard's Adjutant General
- Enyart Resigns As Adjutant General Of Illinois National Guard
- SIU Law Class Notes
- Fitzgerald, Mike. “Enyart and Plummer Blast Each Other in 12th Congressional Debate.” BND.com, September 20, 2012. http://www.bnd.com/2012/09/20/2331624/enyart-and-plummer-blast.html.
- "Congressman-Elect Bill Enyart Named to House Armed Services Committee". enyart.house.gov. January 3, 2012. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
- Congressman William Enyart official U.S. House website
- Bill Enyart for Congress
- William Enyart on the Open Directory Project
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 12th congressional district
January 3, 2013 – present
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority